Professor James De VossWelcome to the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences at The University of Queensland.

The current School was established in 2000 from a merger of three departments: Chemistry, Biochemistry and Microbiology. Our staff and students continue the tradition of excellence in teaching, research and engagement that was embedded in those early departments. 

Our research program falls into seven overlapping research themes. Our research is recognised internationally through our high-profile academics, our successes in attracting research fellowships, grants, prizes and awards, and our high-quality research outcomes, including publications, patents and industry engagement. 

The exceptional quality of our research was reaffirmed in the latest Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment, which evaluated our work as well above world standard in chemical sciences, microbiology and biotechnology; and above world standard in genetics and biochemistry & cell biology.

We are proud of our outstanding, award-winning education and training of undergraduates, postgraduates and postdoctoral researchers, which has enabled countless graduates to establish fulfilling careers whether in academia, government or the private sector. School engagement is strong with our alumni, industry, schools and the national and international academic communities.

If you are a future student, please consider undertaking honours, a higher degree by research or postdoctoral research in any of our research themes. If you are studying for a degree in science, you are bound to find a major that suits your strengths and passions. We also offer undergraduate and postgraduate programs in Biotechnology and postgraduate coursework opportunities in a suite of Biotechnology master's programs, such as Agricultural Biotechnology, Medical Biotechnology, Synthetic Biology & Industrial Biotechnology, Molecular Biology, Bioinformatics and more.

Whether you are a student, postdoctoral researcher, collaborator, alumnus or industry partner, we welcome the opportunity to engage with you.

Professor James De Voss
Head of School